Beijing has a wealth of exhibitions, concerts, book talks, and theatrical performances. The best way to connect with the local scene is to visit the local expat website City Weekend Beijing for a list of upcoming events. The most significant Chinese holiday is the Spring Festival, which marks the start of a new lunar calendar year. Other major holidays include the Mid-Autumn Festival, National Day, Tomb Sweeping Day, and the Dragon Boat Festival. Although these times can give visitors charming insights into traditional Chinese culture, travel logistics can be difficult and popular tourist sites are often overwhelmed by domestic travelers.
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